Miliband’s HS2 Opposition Opposed By His Wife

Ed Miliband has secured an adjournment debate tonight on HS2 where he will argue against the line going through his Doncaster constituency. Miliband has been on quite a journey – he used to say he “absolutely” supported the project before u-turning because it will “disrupt” his constituents. Will it disrupt relations with the wife too? Ed’s other half Justine Thornton QC has for the last few months been working as counsel for the Department for Transport, defending HS2 as it faced public opposition at Lords committee stage. MPs needing lines to take before Ed’s debate tonight can read Justine’s evidence on behalf of DfT and HS2 hereMr Miliband attacking HS2 in the Commons, Mrs Miliband defending it in the Lords…

Miliband Mocks “Marxist” May

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Last year the Tories condemned Miliband’s energy price freeze as “Marxist”, now it looks like they’re adopting the policy. Ed has got a point…

Ed Miliband Endorses Owen Smith For the Second Time

Sitting in his charming living room and wearing a lovely new shirt, Ed Miliband has endorsed Owen Smith for the Labour leadership. The Smith campaign are making a big deal out of it, lining the endorsement up with all major broadcasters. Except it is a repeat endorsement. Ed backed Owen three weeks ago in a statement on his Facebook page. Always a good sign when a campaign recycles an old announcement and no one remembers it being made in the first place. Poor old Ed, still struggling to get his message out after all this time…

Who is on Question Time Tonight?

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Possibly actually worth watching.

Edstone Receipt Finally Revealed

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So Labour have finally got their act together and released the receipt for the Edstone. The Electoral Commission are investigating…

Labour Report: Don’t Blame Ed

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The word “Miliband” is mentioned just nine times in Labour’s 35 page report on why they lost the general election. Apparently it was all the media’s fault:

“Ed Miliband faced an exceptionally vitriolic and personal attack. Even before he courageously took on the public concerns that led to the Leveson enquiry, elements in the news media seemed determined to try to destroy him.”

Guido did warn Ed that would happen, to his face, in 2013.

Was his position on immigration the problem?

“Ed Miliband made a thoughtful, and well regarded, speech on the issue”

What about his role in the campaign?

“Ed Miliband performed well during the campaign – his “people’s question times,” early in 2015 laid the groundwork. In the election campaign itself, when for the first time, the public had more of an opportunity to see Ed Miliband for himself, his standing markedly improved.”

Maybe it was the TV debates?

“It is perhaps the most eloquent tribute to Ed’s qualities, that – having boasted for many years that he ‘could not wait’ to be judged in a head to head encounter with Ed Miliband, – with only a few weeks to go, the Prime Minister did his utmost to run away from the challenge altogether”

Finally, we get a home truth:

“Despite his surge in 2015, Ed Miliband still wasn’t judged to be as strong a leader as David Cameron”

And the rest is history…

God Bless the Girl: Mrs Miliband Main Breadwinner

Congratulations to Justine Thornton, aka Mrs Miliband, who has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. The rank will be bestowed by Lord Chancellor Michael Gove at a ceremony next month. The new gig means that, if she wasn’t already, Justine will certainly now be the main breadwinner in the Miliband household. The average QC earns in excess of £250,000-a-year, and the best take home over a million. Good news for Ed, whose £130,000 salary as Labour leader dropped to a relatively modest £67,000 when he quit in May. As the woman most responsible for the family finances, you won’t hear Justine whinging about a “millionaires’ tax cut”…

UPDATE: Marina Wheeler, Mrs Mayor of London, also makes silk. She is however still some way behind Boris’ reported £600,000 earnings from City Hall, Westminster, the Telegraph and his publishers…

Would You Walk A Mile In Jezza’s Shoes?

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The auction for a pair of Jeremy Corbyn’s shines shoes has reached a staggering £230. The Labour leader’s knackered size 11s are being sold on eBay to raise money for the Small Steps Project, a charity that helps children living in landfill sites. A noble cause indeed, although Guido can’t imagine who would want to be in Corbyn’s shoes right now…

Jez isn’t the only Labour leader to donate their old footwear to the charity however, with Ed Miliband kindly giving up a pair of his rather more upmarket Black Oxfords. Sadly, they’re generating rather less interest, and at the time of writing they’ve only managed to fetch £31. Where are the Milifans when you need them?

H/T @youngvulgarian

Miliband Burned By Jim Naughtie

Ed Miliband was talking Corbyn on the Today programme this morning:

Miliband: “I’m not gonna be a back-seat driver.”

Naughtie: “Well having crashed the car it’s difficult to do that.”

Miliband: “Thanks.”

Ouch.

Ed Miliband Jokes About Corbyn

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“I bet you didn’t think things would actually get worse.”

Miliband Advisor Quizzed About Edstone

Torsten Bell, Ed Miliband’s former policy advisor was on The Daily Politics today, where he was subjected to a few choice questions about the Edstone.

So we’re still none the wiser as to which genius came up with the idea…

Miliband, Diane Abbott and Clegg Named MPs of the Year

Guido is sure the Patchwork Foundation are having us on with their MP of the Year awards announced in parliament this afternoon. The winner of Labour MP of the parliamentary term is… Ed Miliband!

Winner of the parliamentary term certificate? Diane Abbott?

Nick Clegg bagged the amusingly titled “Other Parties Winner of the Parliamentary Term”. Zac Goldsmith won the overall award, which is just about believable. Were they winding us up with the rest?

Russell Brand Has Given Up, And Who Cares?

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Russell Brand has brought his YouTube series “The Trewsto an end and is taking a break from social media because he is “sick of becoming the story“. Guido has put together a montage of him talking to the greatest minds of the age… 

We’ll miss you Russell…

Miliband’s Tribute Beard

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It is an omen, a sign, all he needs now is a “JezWeCan” t-shirt…

Hat Tip: @GrainneMaguire

UPDATE: Like the undead #Milifandom returns…

Burnham Pledges More Spending, Forgets the Deficit

Andy Burnham this morning reveals his supposedly “credible vision for Labour”, a list of Corbynite crowd-pleasers like scrapping tuition fees and re-nationalising the railways (or not). Yet there was one word missing from his new pledge card: “Deficit.”

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Labour MP Jamie Reed on Miliband’s Fabulist Legacy

Labour MP Jamie Reed on Miliband’s fabulist legacy

“… Ed’s principal bequest to the party: a fabulist mind set. When considering the wreckage left by his leadership, I am reminded of Hunter S Thompson’s description of the brutal defeat of the American new-left at the hands of Richard Nixon.[…] Read the rest

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Top Mirror Hack Nicked in Canary Wharf Raid

The Mirror’s pugnacious ‘Head of Agenda’, Lee Harpin, who was heading up the paper’s election coverage, is lifted in a police raid on their Canary Wharf offices:

The tenth Trinity Mirror journalist to be arrested.[…] Read the rest

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#Milifandom is Back, In Greater Numbers!

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Burnham Swerves ‘Continuity Miliband’ Meet

Last week Andy Burnham’s team were forced to deny that Neil Kinnock is helping out with his leadership campaign after the pair were spotted sharing a cuppa. They are taking no chances with another failed Labour leader.

The rumour going round Labour wags is that Burnham has politely declined an offer from one Ed Miliband to meet in his office for a private chat, fearing news of a meeting would quickly get out as he shares a building with Liz Kendall.[…] Read the rest

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Mili No Mates: An Occasional Series

First he was in PCH by himself.

Then alone on the slow train to Bedford.

This lunchtime Ed Miliband has been snapped by a parliamentary co-conspirator: “standing by himself in the middle of the atrium weirdly walking around. People were looking at him with the expression of ‘WTF?'”

Back to work…[…] Read the rest

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